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Analog Games in Pop Culture : Exploring the Symmetry of the D6, D60, and D120

You might have heard the news of the D120. Co-creator Henry Segerman talks to Numberphile about the mathematical properties which make it a fair die. What matters is the symmetry. What I liked most about this video is the insight into dice design. ← Discworld Roleplaying Game Delayed Analog Games in Pop Culture Mourn Your Character’s Demise in the Death …

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The Convention of the Future: How Technology is Transforming Emerald City Comicon

Daniel Rasmus talks with ReedPop the company responsible for Emerald City Comicon in a rare behind the scenes glimpse. The article focuses on the technology employed by the company to keep lines moving, transactions swift, and gives convention goers an extraordinary experience. Almost science fiction: How Emerald City Comicon uses technology to create an epic show A few of the …

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Underground.

Driders, duergar, and drow, oh my! Svirfneblin too! Who can forget the deep gnomes? Have your PCs explored the Svirfneblin maze city? Have they chanced upon the Outpost of the Illithids? Have they harvested any gold flakes from Lower Lake of Deepearth? Have they sojourned in Fungus Forest? Have they surprised the large hydra in Cathedral Caverns? Have they attempted …

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Buried Treasure Tuesday: Experimenter

Today is the first in a new series of posts where I share a review of random unappreciated stuff.   I stumbled across Experimenter while doing my nightly Netflix surf.  Anything above a four star rating usually catches my eye, begging further attention in the form of a synopsis reading or in extreme circumstances, an internet search.  I must have read …

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River Horse wants to steal your baby brother

A small board and war game company, River Horse, started by Alessio Cavatore is starting to snag some interesting licensed properties. One that is greatly anticipated for release this summer is the family friendly Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Board Game. Much like the movie, players have to rescue their baby brothers from The Goblin King. The board and the tokens …

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April and the Extraordinary World

Of course, the English debut of the French animated movie April and the Extraordinary World would be this month. Brought to life by the same creators responsible for Persepolis and graphic novelist Jacques Tardi, comes a steampunk story set in the 1930s centered around the titular character of April along with her talking cat Darwin. The English dub version features …

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Hand-Forged Dice By A Blacksmith

If you’ve been wondering when a blacksmith was going to hand-forge cool dice for your tabletop gaming sessions, rejoice! Gil Ramirez (a.k.a. Gil the Vlogsmith) is doing a fabulous job of it, and you can see the results of Gil’s efforts by clicking HERE.

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The Elephant Game

Did you know that Earth’s most widely-played boardgame (Xiangqi) is also one of Earth’s oldest boardgames? Xiangqi (pronounced “Shang Chi”) is also known as Chinese Chess (or “The Elephant Game,” as it translates to in English.)  Chess scholars can trace the roots of Xiangqi all the way back to the 2nd century B.C.E..  In addition to being a “must play” …